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  1. For those who were offered funding (firstly, congratulations!) - how did you decide when to start the funding? Like May 2020 or September 2020?
  2. From what I've heard from friends, it's the date of when you want to start receiving the payments. I believe it's three equal payments, so most typically people will choose to start receiving it in May or September.
  3. Thanks for letting us know -- I got an offer from UBC and also had the same problem and was super confused.
  4. I got an email about results not being released until April 15 and to ignore any automated messages about an April 1st release.
  5. Sorry about that! I'd still suggest my original advice to speak to professors in your department -- have you spoken with your MA supervisor about it?
  6. Have you checked with your MA supervisor (or another professor in your department)? I'm currently working on a research proposal for a grant application and my supervisor has been incredibly helpful with reading my drafts and offering advice. We also have one professor who is in charge of grants (kind of like a grant coordinator, I guess) and they have also been so helpful to everyone in terms of general advice and also giving specific advice based on our drafts. It's also been really helpful talking with other students who have successfully applied for this particular grant -- they've all been very kind and generous with offering their advice as well.
  7. Have you chatted with your advisor about their thoughts, keeping in mind what you would like to do in the future? Do many of the people in Villanova's MA program typically go on to pursue a PhD? What would a teaching internship give you that will strengthen your PhD applications (assuming that's still your goal)?
  8. What was your "best case scenario" by doing any of that? I understand that you hoped that this professor would want to write you a recommendation letter and you wanted her to be excited about your project proposal, but can you see now (in hindsight) how your actions may have come across as very out of proportion with what happened? Obviously, the option of escalating things a situation to a department chair or to the dean exists and students should take advantage of it if it's appropriate. Unless you are leaving a lot out of your story, I just cannot imagine why it would be appropriate to escalate your situation to the dept. chair and then the dean over some emails that you perceived as having a bad "tone." Grad school is more stressful than undergrad -- what are your plans for dealing with stress if you become a grad student? You said in another thread that when this same professor declined to be your advisor (because she was nearing retirement), you fell into a depression. It can really suck sometimes, but that's a completely valid reason for not taking on new students and has nothing to do with you. It's disappointing, but that's about it. If it genuinely caused you to fall into a depression, I would recommend reaching out for some help and support off-line.
  9. Unfortunately, nothing exists in a vacuum. Could she have been more sympathetic to your individual circumstances? I have no idea, I wasn't there. My guess, though, is that she is probably somewhat sympathetic to your circumstances, but that doesn't erase some of your other actions. It's not your fault at all that you had some personal life stuff going on at the time you were taking that course. Stuff happens -- it happens to all of us at different points and professors are people too, they have probably experienced some sort of unfortunate life situation at some point in their careers. All the emailing, though, is something you are responsible for and it's worth considering what kind of (perhaps subtle) consequences it may have caused. Either way, she doesn't feel she can give you a strong letter and it's better to know that than for her to give you a weak letter. Do you have any other history professors?
  10. I think she's probably doing you a favour by indicating she isn't going to write you a letter -- if she doesn't feel like she can honestly write an excellent letter for you, it's better to find other professors. Think about the classes you've done really well in and professors you have connected with. Could any of them write you a letter? I might be missing something, but why on earth would you go to the department chair because she didn't answer one of your (sounds like many) emails and you didn't like her tone? Think about it from her perspective and whether she'd be all that thrilled to make time in her schedule for a student who reacted like that. The excessive emailing (asking for help, offering to withdraw the project altogether [which comes across as a tad bit dramatic], making a complaint, and then emailing again to apologize for over-reacting) probably hasn't done you any favours. Maybe let this one go and move forward with speaking with other professors to secure letters of recommendation and focusing on things like the writing sample you'll submit and whatnot.
  11. If you haven't already, and you feel as though your anxiety and issues with stress are causing problems in your life, have you considered reaching out to a therapist of some sort? I don't say that to be unkind at all, I just wonder if that's something that might be worth exploring. Lots of people deal with stress poorly, but it's something people absolutely CAN get better at. Some of us just need more help to do so than others, which is not a huge deal.
  12. Did you try sending a follow-up email? It's entirely possible that she just missed your first email or was meaning to reply but didn't. Did she give you any subtle (or perhaps not subtle) indications over the semester that she was unhappy with you (for lack of a better phrase)? I don't know the whole story, of course, but you seem to be jumping from A to Z without considering there might be a very simple solution (like her just forgetting about your email or not getting it). Is there anything that hints towards the lack of response being a deliberate act on her part?
  13. I don't have any specific book recommendations, more of an overall recommendation -- find something published relatively recently that you're interested, read it, and then comb through the bibliography to see what works and authors that author is engaging with. I find tons of great recommendations that way.
  14. I would just never tell an advisor that my friends and family thought an examiner was failing me (a student) out of jealousy, especially if you don't even agree with it. It just sort of seems like what's the point? It seems unlikely that the examiner failed you on purpose because they are jealous (the fail may have been unfair, but it being due to being jealous of a student seems super unlikely), so why even bring that up at all to your advisor?
  15. I'm a little confused as to why you would share those comments from your friends/family with your advisor. Sometimes friend and family who don't understand how things work will automatically just go with "oh, it must be unfair" because they like us a lot and they see how hard we work -- it doesn't make it true or helpful and tbh, I cannot honestly imagine telling a professor that my friends and family thought an examiner failed me because the examiner was jealous. It just seems unnecessary to pass that kind of information along and if it's getting in your head, I second the earlier advice to either ignore those types of comments from your (well-meaning but perhaps misguided) friends and family or politely ask them to stop.
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